Texas State Capitol
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- 98%History Buffs
- 84%Family Travelers
- 70%Local Culture
- 63%Budget Travelers
- 55%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 55%Art & Design Lovers
- 55%Business Travelers
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- Texas State CapitolMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jun 12, 2014
There is so much to do here. The grounds are great to walk on/around or picnic on or read a bit of history. You can almost always find parking very near the area, even though it's in the middle of downtown. I love that the capitol is free to get in, so it's always a great place to take visitors. Bring your camera; it is very picturesque.Recommended for:
- Texas State CapitolMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jan 07, 2014
Everything is bigger in Texas, they say. In this case, it's fact. Austin, Texas boasts the largest capitol building in the nation. It's huge dome is rivaled only by the one on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It is a fancy, top-notch capitol.
- Texas State CapitolDec 24, 2013
Built from locally-quarried pink limestone in the 1800s, this place is a totally impressive piece of architecture, especially from the inside. The office space, at various times, of giants and heroes, rogues, scoundrels, poets, and many a good and bad politician (and moi, at one time), it has deservedly earned, for its goings-on during legislative sessions, both the tag, "The Lege" (short for The Legislature) and its movie-spawned nickname, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas".
- Texas State CapitolMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Nov 29, 2013
When I travel, I'm a sucker for visiting State (and Provincial) Capitals and Presidential Libraries. You get both in Austin with the Texas State Capital and the LBJ Library. Plus there's the bonus of Austin itself with good food, music, and the Hill Country only a short distance away. It's also a somewhat Blue Liberal Island in the currently very Red State of Texas.
In the spirit of Full Disclosure, I should also point out that I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M University and have always considered "t.u." to be enemy territory during my infrequent visit and my associated quests to "Saw Varsity's Horns Off". God do I hate Tea Sips!
Focus, Eric, Focus. Ah Yes, the Texas State Capital. It's an impressive building and a National Historical Landmark. I've done both the public tour and wandered around the building and grounds independently (subject to Security restrictions). I especially like the energy in the Building when the Texas House and/or Senate are in Session. Did you also know that Governor Good Hair (Rick Perry) is an Aggie? And a former Yell Leader....Recommended for:
- Texas State CapitolMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 10Nov 20, 2013
a gorgeous building loaded with history and lawmakers. try to grab breakfast or lunch in the basement/annex cafeteria. the tacos are great, and ladies who lunch swear by the chicken salad.
- Texas State CapitolNov 06, 2013
Walk to the Beautiful Texas State Capitol! The Capitol is 308 feet tall making it the sixth tallest Capitol! It is free to enter and absolutely stunning inside! Made of limestone and marble! This is a great place to tap into some Texas history!Recommended for:
- Texas State CapitolAug 03, 2013
True the Texas Capitol Building is the largest State house and is even larger than our National Capitol in Washington, DC. But the most impressive attribute of our state house is not the impressive Italian Renaissance Revival architecture, the beautiful restored interior, or the beautifully landscaped grounds with its collection of monuments. The most impressive attribute of our Capitol is the grand scale of the egos that inhabit its halls when the legislature is in session! It gets four stars because it is free. Oh, and don't forget the peanuts for the friendly squirrels that inhabit the grounds!
- Texas State CapitolMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersFoodiesJul 23, 2013
The Texas State Capitol, located in Downtown Austin, is the fourth building to house the state government of Texas. The capitol building contains the chambers of the Texas Legislature and the office of the governor. Originally designed in 1881 by architect Elijah E. Myers, it was constructed from 1882 to 1888.Recommended for:
- Texas State CapitolJun 06, 2013
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The State Preservation Board oversees the Capitol, Capitol Extension, Capitol Visitors Center, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, and Visitor Parking facilities in the Capitol Complex, and can provide information and assistance for trips for both business and pleasure.
The Capitol Complex is in the heart of downtown Austin and makes a perfect complement to a visit to the city. Our various facilities and amenities are designed to serve both employees and visitors to the Capitol Complex, whether on state business, observing the legislative process, strolling the grounds, visiting from the University of Texas campus, buying a unique gift, learning about Texas history, or simply enjoying the magnificent architecture of the complex buildings.Recommended for: